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DSU student wins prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Delaware State University

A Delaware State University student is receiving a prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship; it's only the second time in school history that’s happened.


Alisa Winchester, an English major from Wilmington, is among the 2018 recipients of the Truman Scholarship.

Winchester says she has a DSU professor to thank for getting it.

“For starters, I never really thought about the scholarship until it was brought to my attention from my military professor who put it on my radar because of what I wanted to do and my aspirations of becoming an attorney,” said Winchester.

Winchester is an enlisted cadet in the Delaware Army National Guard and in the Reserves Officer Training Corp (ROTC), with aspirations to become a military lawyer.

She says the $30,000 scholarship from the Truman Scholarship Foundation will help her pay for law school after she graduates from DSU in 2019.

To earn the scholarship, Winchester went through an interview process that included writing a policy proposal on mental health and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder issues in the military.


Winchester is one of 59 Truman Scholarship winners this year.


“I’m a very hard-working, determined student at Delaware State University. And I’ve never won an award so prestigious and so very prominent and well-known to a lot of people,” Winchester said.


Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.